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light rail safety, a day after a devastating collision. should there be changes at this crossing. hi, everybody. kai is off. the debris is gone. but not all of the answers are in. following yesterday's collision between a light rail train and the big rig. here's a look from sky sky eye chopper 13, where repairs continue on the big cockeysville track. one area due for a closer look is safety bur barriers. yesterday's crash at
cockeysville happened where light rail tracks run parallel to the entrance. >> very preliminarily right now, investigators have determined the truck driver pulled out in front of this one. there was active signals that should have prevented him from driving onto those rails. >> reporter: the stopped signal could still be seen flashing. and no turn signals were lit. about the only safety measures missing were the warning bells and guard gates found at street intersections. light rail was extended into hunt valley. >> with that stretch, where you have crossings at driveways, the determination was made for signals. for flashing light signals. >> but no arms that come down? >> that decision was not made for that at that time. >> reporter: but this accident is bringing a second look at that decision. especially given the power of the impact. deborah morton had to be pried free from the wreckage. she is listed in serious but stable condition at shock
trauma. meanwhile, mta engineers check the tracks for damage. and electric support folds sheared off by the wreck must be replaced. >> the accident has placed five light rail stops out of service between here and hunt valley. shuttle buses are being used to bridge the gap to mixed reviews. >> yeah. i'm like 20 minutes late to work. >> actually, it was a little faster than light rail. >> and for now, the only way around repairs. completion date, unknown. alexalex demetrick, wjz eyewitness news. >> and police are identifying the driver of the truck as 53- year-old mark zurich. as of yet, no charges have been filed in the accident. >> reporter: well, the maryland senate narrowly approves a bill, making it illegal to use a handheld cell phone, while driving in maryland. denise is in the newsroom to explain the proposed law and what happens next. denise? >> reporter: the senate voted 24-23 for a bill, making it illegal for a driver to do
anything but turn a phone on or off during a conversation with a hands-free device. police cannot pull you over for being on the phone. but can cite drivers for being pulled over after another moving violation. the senate reduces the fine to $40. the legislation still has to clear the house, which has a similar bill, making the fine $100. >> opponents say the senate bill is too intrusive and ignores the realities of modern life, in which phones are used for far more than just talking. devastating cuts. mayor's proposed budget. including cuts to firefighters and police department. >> reporter: this budget is just preliminary. the mayor is putting together a package of new fees and revenue generators that she hopes will stop some of these cuts from becoming a reality. >> reporter: baltimore is in a
financial crisis. and the mayor has proposed some of the harshest cuts the city has seen in years. eliminating almost an entire district's worth of police officers and dozens of firefighters. >> i have an obligation to put forth the balanced budget. and i can't spend money we don't have. >> reporter: the police department cuts breakdowns like this. it cuts 193 positions. it eliminates the chopper, the mountain, and the marine units. but it funds all street patrol officers, as well as crime cameras. >> the proposals now really place us in a compromised position. >> reporter: the fire department's cuts are steep, too. the budget closes three companies permanently. four on a rotating basis. it eliminates 91 jobs while fully funding ems. >> when you eliminate a fire company, it doesn't come back the next year. we've never reopened the fire company that has closed. >> reporter: as for park and recs, the city would close 59 of the rec centers and seven
pools for the summer. >> i go to my rec center when i'm bored, which prevents me from committing crimes, selling drugs, getting pregnant. >> reporter: but the mayor hopes new fees will save some of it, possibly among those fees, one on hospital beds would generate new money. but she says one cash producer is off the table. >> i will not propose to increase the property tax. >> reporter: the mayor's budget, fully funds the city's obligation to the school system and the library system. that package of proposed new fees will be out on april 12th. reporting from city hall, mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> the city also will not fund fireworks for the fourth of july, nor a preakness parade. the preliminary budget proposal would increase funding for the city health department. parents are concerned in harford county after hearing some of their schools may be closing. a public meeting is being held tonight at northville elementary school. shocked parents learning about
the possible redistricting, asked questions at a meeting last night in whitehawk. wjz is in harford county. we'll have the latest on this story for you tonight at 5:00 and 6:00. two students in frederick complained of feeling queasy after drinking chocolate milk from the cafeteria. a dairy processor said it mistakenly sent the milk tainted with a nontoxic chemical solution to the middle school. the solution is a sanitizing rinse that is used when switching from dispensing one milk type to another. they can contain iodine and bleach. it is round 2 of the republican healthcare reform debate. joel brown reports. the gop is determined to force house lawmakers to start all over again. >> reporter: republicans flooded the senate floor with proposals to change healthcare reform.
>> the amendment i'm filing today. >> reporter: it's a last-ditch effort to fight the new law. >> this is undoubtedly the greatest assault on liberty this country has ever had. >> reporter: the battle over healthcare now centers on the so-called fix-it bill, passed by the house second. democrats want to pass that bill as is. but republicans are fighting to delay or change it by offering a full slate of amendment. >> reporter: gop senators propose reversing some of the cuts to medicare. another amendment bans coverage for viagra for sex offenders. democrats vow to strike down each amendment, one by one. >> how serious could they be. offering amendment. dealing with viagra for rapists. >> reporter: while senate democrats were working to get the fix-it bill passed by the end of the week, president obama was busy making good on the last-minute deal he made to get healthcare reform through congress. he signed an executive order, reaffirming restrictions on federal funds for abortion.
bart stupak switched his vote from no to yes on the promise that the president would sign the order. since then, stupak's office has been flooded with e-mails and even death threats from abortion rights opponents. and the debate is far from over. in washington, joel brown, wjz eyewitness news. >> the lodgealation -- legislation which the president signed yesterday would extend coverage to 32 million uninsured americans over 10 years. it would also ban insurance companies from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions. government is taking action. jessica kartalija is live in the newsroom, with more on what the consumer product safety commission is doing. jessica? >> reporter: the agency is telling the parents of babies under 4 months, to stop using two baby slings made by infantino. they include the sling rider
and the wendy belissimo. they say babies can suffocate in that soft fabric. earlier this month they issued a brought warning about all sling style carriers. but now they are specifying a specific manufacturer. >> to find out more about the slings and how to get a free replacement product, log onto wjz.com, and look for the story under consumer news. the chill is definitely gone from the air. and the sun is shining brightly. outside right now, it's warm with this gorgeous, bright blue sky. wjz has weather and traffic together. meteorologist bernadette woods is here with the updated numbers. >> hello, mary and everyone out there. a fantastic day. the cool air is gone. the sunshine is back. i want to show you first warning doppler radar. there is nothing going on in our area. but this is going to change pretty quickly. there is a storm just off to the west that is going to come in already tomorrow.
enjoy today. enjoy the warmth. tomorrow, still will be a warm one with the clouds already on the increase. and rain returning to the area. we'll let you know what to expect for your upcoming weekend. we'll check in on the roads now with kristy breslin. she is at wjz traffic control. >> hi, mary. hi, everyone. looks like we do have activity on the roadway. we have an accident on the north side of the inner loop, approaching the harrisburg expressway. that's on the right-hand shoulder. as far as delays go, we're looking at 10 minutes on the inner loop, from new york to harforded radio. on the west, delays continue from 95 to liberty road. it will take you about 15 minutes to get through. on the jones falls expressway, another accident. that has the delays back to gilford avenue. and as for baltimore city, several to update you on there. falls road at 25th. west mount royal, at west nort avenue. and roland avenue at northern parkway. here's a live look. as you can see, plenty of
congestion there. this traffic report is brought to you by the all new ringling brothers and barnum and bailey circus. playing first mariner arena, playing april 8th through the 17th. you can get yours today. mary, back to you. >> thank you. and still ahead on wjz's eyewitness news at 4:00. two university of chicago ph.d.s say they were attacked by plain clothed police officers. see the video. and you decide for yourself. talk about caught on tape. a news anchor takes a spill while live on the air. how she handles the goop. another state looks at laws on texting sexually explicit pictures. and it definitely doesn't get much better than this.
chickens may be euthanized after a massive fire at an egg farm in ohio. firefighters from 16 companies battle the fire overnight and into this morning. they say the fire began at a storage building on a farm. the egg packing materials contributed to these stubborn flames. an oklahoma woman was arrested for dui, nine times. margaret crisp has been ordered into alcohol rehab several times. but then she always relapses. she's been order to do community service and pay fines. luckily, nobody has been injured in any of the accidents related to her dui arrests. two highly educated men in illinois say they have lost faith in police. all because of a video they say shows them being attacked by plain clothed police officers. they are taking the city of chicago to court. >> this is surveillance tape that two men say shows how they
were viciously beaten by chicago police officers in plain clothes. they were shoved to the ground. bloody faces, broken noses. conunitedconcussions. >> i'm thinking this is some horrible nightmare. >> they had just eaten at this restaurant. maladruco was trying to put on his coat, accidentally blocking the path of the officers, clark says. clark charges they were shoved aside and then moments later, attacked in the restaurant's parking lot. clark called 911. and as you can see, uniformed officers arrived. >> we thought, we're safe upon. here are the cops. they're here. everything is over. and they took a look at me. i was covered in blood. and i said, please help me. are you going to do anything to these guys? are you going to help us? and they said, we're not going to do anything to these guys.
you need to go home and forget about it. >> 911 was who you call when you are in need of help. and to their surprise, the police showed up and didn't help them. and now they live in fear of the police. >> reporter: making matters worse, clark says he tried to file a complaint with the city but was told to file a complaint with the city. >> did you think it was a volatile approach? >> the effect was i'm intim daylighted. i thought, if i make a statement, it's going to be based on the facts as i experienced them. we're two ph.d.s from chicago, completely nonviolent in our approach to everything in the world. >> the city of chicago fire department is not commenting on the issue. good news about the dollar
actually dragged down the market today. s&p down 6. and nasdaq off 16. let's go to new york right now, where far in or about tarieby has more. they will forgive some loans. shares of home builder lenar are rallying. company plans to turn a profit this year. the nationwide builder also reported a smaller-than- expected loss for the quarter. lower construction costs and an increase in home prices boosted the bottom line. new home sales fell to a record low in february. government says sales dropped for the fourth month in a row. this time by 2%. week results were lower than expected. winter storms were partly to blame. the gap is heading down under. they plan to roll out 10 to 15
stores in the australian market in the next few years. the move is part of the gap's international expansion plan. that's your money watch. for more headlines, go to cbs money watch.com. in new york. i'm farnoosh torabi. a news anchor has a news story that literally made her call out of her chair. >> to her credit, kirsty was a good sport about the tumble. the story she was reading about was the recipient of a journalism award. maybe she deserves something for being a good sport there. wow. not a slip of the tongue, but a slip of the chair. i'm holding on tight here. coming up on wjz's eyewitness news at 4:00. a double-sided decision.
the controversial ruling. a mississippi school board makes regarding a los angeles bi-- less a know -- lesbian couple. opening fire on another driver with his 2-year-old daughter in the car. scattered clouds on a lovely spring afternoon. get your updated first warning forecast. and wjz 13 is always on. for the top stories on wjz.com, instant updates and first warning weather all the time, click on wjz.com. ,,,,,,,,,,,,
i mean, that's where you have to be. out on the water. >> that is beautiful. >> for your school. >> umbc. >> representing. umbc. >> that is perfect. >> it a little chilly on the water. but if you put on that jacket, you're fine. >> you're good to go. >> water temps are still 40 degrees. best sunshine around. >> beautiful. this is where we topped out today. it is just a beautiful one. hope you had a chance to enjoy. you got all the way up to 63 degrees. that is above the average, which continues to climb. it is now up to 57 degrees. even at this hour, it's pretty
comfortable out there. actually, we need to update that high today. we just jumped up to 65 degrees. 67 in d.c. 65 to the ocean. and that's because the wind is coming off the land. not off the water. the last warmup was very cool along the beaches. because the wind was coming off the ocean. but at this point, it's coming off the land so all the way up into the 70s -- 60s. we've seen wind gusts 20 miles an hour. they will start to die down tonight. and pick up again tomorrow. but this time out of the southeast. because we have aney new storm coming our way. we have clear skies now. but the clouds not all that far away. they will start to come in tomorrow and take over during the midday hours. by tomorrow afternoon, it will become cloudy. and then the rain will follow, but not until tomorrow night. at the same time, there's another front just off to the north. and that does have some cool air behind it. so as the two of these come together. we are going to see rain move our way. and it will cool down considerably on friday with that rain. this is a quick-moving storm
and gets out of here already on saturday. rain picks up late tomorrow. gets out of here on saturday. and the cool air will follow. temperatures back into the low 50s on saturday. but it makes a world of different difference when the sunshine returns. out on the water, with this going on. small craft advisory. tonight, less wind. mainly clear skies, going down to about 40 degrees. then tomorrow, we recover into the 60s. it will be another warm one tomorrow. but the clouds come in. and the rain will follow tomorrow night into friday. when the rain arrives. it is going to cool down once again. it's sort of a chilly, wet day on friday. but that gets out of here for saturday. and we'll have your five-day coming up later. >> good. >> that works out. the ncaa tournament is down to the sweet 16. so who are the leaders in the xfinnity bracket challenge? of course we turn to tim williams. to update the standings. tim? >> well, bernadette.
there, of course, is tied with me. this is how it all shapes up. this is a tight race for the top now. but that will soon change. sports director mark viviano is in the lead with 86 points. bernadette woods and i are tied. and stan is in fourth with 78 points. those bobbleheads are just too funny looking. of the leaders, stan is the only one whose two teams are still alive and able to win kansas state and kentucky. as for the top overall scores they are tied with the pointless. they get a $100 best buy gift card. looks like a new champion may be taking your reigns. >> i know. i am so far down. i'm going to root for you guys upon. >> all of us are so down. 98 point. >> our viewers are very savvy. >> forget about us. thanks, tim. ncaa tournament is back. starting at 7:00, the featured
games are washington versus west virginia. and cornell versus kentucky. but you will also see parts of other games. harry smith has a preview of what's coming up tonight on the cbs evening news. how will the healthcare bill change medical care for older americans? we'll have a user's guide, including how hospitals will cope with new regulations. our complete coverage continues tonight on the cbs evening news. thank you, harry. well, sea world death. the emotional plea to a florida judge from the family of a trainer killed by an orca. shocking behavior. a texas woman uses her baby to stop her car from being repossessed. we'll explain how. stronger laws for sex offenders. the parents of a murdered san diego teen lobby for chelsea's bill. what they're asking federal lawmakers to do. eyewitness news at 4:00 at any times -- continues with denises,
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it is 4:30. 65 degrees and mostly sunny. hello. i'm denise koch. >> and i'm vic carter. here's what people are talking about. >> a fight to crack down on sex offenders. tonight, the parents of a california teen, who was abducted and murdered, are purning for a -- pushing for a new law in their daughter r daughter -- daughter's name. >> reporter: brent and kelly king are still grieving the loss of their daughter, 17-year- old chelsea king vanished after going for a jog. six days later, her body was found in a shallow grave. john gardner, a known sex offender is now charged with her murder. the kings want a new law to better track sexual predators. >> i promise to do all i can to protect other daughters and other mothers from this incomprehensible nightmare i'm walking through. >> reporter: they call it chelsea's law, and it could include a one-strike rule, as
well as extensive gps tracking of sex offenders. >> if our laws were smarter and bolder, chelsea might be here. >> reporter: the suspect in king's case, john gardner, was convicted 10 years ago, of assaulting a young girl. after getting out of prison, he was cited for several drunken driving instances. then 14-year-old amber but boys -- dubois was missing. now he is being investigated for her murder. here in maryland, lawmakers have been investigating state sex offender laws. police have charged a registered sex offender with taking her from a salisbury home and killing her. two new jersey men make their first court appearance today, in connection with the murders of five teenagers. jessica kartalija is live in the newsroom now to explain the new developments in thcolds a that dates back to 1978. >> the suspect pleaded not guilty today to several counts. murder and arson.
prosecutor says 53-year-old siland ra handson and lee evans held them at gunpoint. and later set it on fire. the teen's remains were never found. the break in this case came this week when a new witness came forward. the judge also continued bail for both men at $5 million each. vic? >> jessica, thank you. prosecutors say the killings were likely the result of a dispute over stolen marijuana. virginia police say a case of road rage. police say 25-year-old gabriel proventu of woodbridge was driving a jaguar with his 2- year-old daughter inside. when he started fighting with a truck driver. police say proventud jumped out of his vehicle and fired 13 shots, hitting the truck several times as it drove away. faces charges of attempted homicide and child endangerment. the other driver is charged with reckless driving.
a mississippi student filed a lawsuit against her high school. the student wanted to bring her girlfriend to the dance. >> a federal judge ruled her high school violated her right by refusing to let the 18-year- old take her girlfriend to the big dance and wear a tuxedo. the type of speech that falls squarely within the purview of the first amendment. mcmillan, openly lesbian since the 8th grade, was pushing that same point. but canceled the prom, rather than allow a same sex couple to attend. >> it hurts me that they would rather punish everybody than just do the right thing. >> reporter: the school insisted same-sex couples would be too distracting. >> we'll allow each school to look at their particular situation. and design rules that they think is best for the conduct of their students. >> reporter: fulton's 4,000
students -- people are decided. >> i think they need to have an island and put them all on it. >> whether it's a dress, tuxedo, girl or boy, let her go to prom. let the kids have their prom. >> reporter: the federal judge has refused to order the school to hold their prom. because a private one is now scheduled. but mcmillen may decide to skip it. too much hostility on what is supposed to be a teenager's magical night. mark strausman, cbs news, atlanta. >> about 715 students attend the high school. a group of parents are organizing the private prom. but it's not clear if mcmillen is invited to attend with her girlfriend. a scene being organized on capitol hill today. >> the people want humanitarian services. they want homes. they want education. they want healthcare. >> ma'am, you're out of order. would you please leave the room. please? >> reporter: protestor interrupted robert gates as he
testified about the military budget request. the woman was escorted from the room. a fight in court today to block the release of surveillance video which shows the death of a sea world trainer. suzanne collins is live in the newsroom to explain the battle. >> dawn brancho's-- branchiau said that they will suffer extreme harm if the videos are released. you may recall that branchiau was killed when a killer whale took her under water. >> there is currently a temporary injunction until all sides can reach an agreement. a bizarre attempt to save a car from being repossessed. as jay dpormly -- gormley
explains, police say shes toed her -- tossed -- say she tossed her child. >> when people know their car is up for repoe. they'll go to any extent to keep it. >> it was late in the afternoon when ross showed up on this house at lansdowne drive. the 31-year-old already had the key to repossess crystal gardner's position. >> i hope the door. i get the key in it. i'm starting it. and i look out of the corner of my eye. and i see a baby slide through this window. >> reporter: dallas police say gardner tossed her baby through the open window of her suv. ross says the 1-year-old landed hard on the back seat. >> like a kid bouncing on the bed. >> reporter: the boy immediately started crying. so ross put the expedition in park. state law forbids a car to be repossessed if a person is inside. when ross stepped out, he said he was greeted by a 15-year-old with a shotgun. >> shot once in the air and then shot once at me. and hit me with a couple of pellets in the leg. and it's not worth taking
someone's life over a car. it's just not. we're just guys out here trying to make a living. >> now, the woman has been charged with child endangerment. police also arrested the 15- year-old who fired the shotgun. 12 maryland school districts have been granted waivers to make up for the snow storm. state school superintendent waved five days from the school calendar for districts including baltimore city, anne arundelunt anne arundelunt county, and -- arundel county, and prince george's county. they have not acted on baltimore's request to reduce the calendar by one day. a day filled with sunshine. take a live look now. clear skies and milder temperatures have returned. bob is here with the updated numbers from first warning weather. it was a lovely afternoon. bright blue skies. temps back up in the mid-60s. right now, still beautiful out there. we have changes coming. by tomorrow night, we'll start seeing some clouds because of a system now developing across the upper midwest and the plain
states. it will slowly be heading our direction. we'll stay on the warm side tomorrow. by late in the afternoon, clouds the be moving in. and look for some rain to break out probably by tomorrow night. denise? >> all right, thank you, bob. let's check on the roads now with kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. >> reporter: hello, denise. look let's start off with the good news. looks like things are starting off okay. as far as the beltway goes, looks like it's a busy ride there. we have some congestion on the north side inner loop. that is bumper to bumper. also on the outer loop, some slowing at york road. not much better on the west side of the beltway. you're looking at 25 minutes from 95 to liberty road. also a crash on the shoulder at libts road. that's going to slow your ride down. 70 eastbound, that's heavy as you make your approach up to the beltway. and plenty of city accidents to report. west mount royal. west roland at parkway. let's take a live look here.
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16 empty railway cars broke loose from a chicago train today. the runaway train cars accelerated and eventually slammed into a port terminal. the victims had been working near the building, which collapsed from the impact. three other people got hurt. a savage drought has turned parts of china into a wasteland. millions have been left without clean drinking water. charlie d'agata reports for wjz. there is no significant rain in the forecast. >> reporter: this saturday only way these chinese villagers can survive. hauling buckets of precious water two at a time back to
their homes. a brutal drought has ravaged huge stretches of southwest china, bringing hardship and misery to more than 15 million people. 16 million are struggling just to find safe drinking water. the food supply is also in danger. rainfall in this part of china is down 90%. farmer long has all but given up hope the beans he planted in the parched earth will survive. >> we don't know what to do, he says. it's so dry. any shoots that come up just die. >> this used to be a huge lake, teaming with fish and drinking water. but it is dried up in the severe drought, robbing fishermen of their livelihood. lee's husband sifts through mud and finds only a handful of fish. >> my daughter gets sick all the time, she says, she has diarrhea and stomach pains all because of the drought. the chinese government says it will increase relief supplies
to the worst-affected regions. but forecasters warn, there's no sign of relief in the coming weeks. charlie d'agata, wjz eyewitness news. >> and the drought has caused economic losses of $1.46 billion in the province. mostly from lost crops or livestock. cornell is dealing with a cluster of recent suicides. six students have taken their lives over the past six months. university police officers and security guards all over the campus have been extended. they have also extended campus counseling options. a graduate student was found dead this morning. investigators found anthony edge. they found the 35-year-old's body after an all-night search. police believe he fell about 600 feet on the mountain. they do not suspect foul play. several states are reconsidering the punishment for teenagers who are caught text messaging each other
sexually explicit photos, also known as sex ting. >> reporter: florida is the most recent state to join the effort to lessen the penalty for sexting. currently, teens caught sexting are subject to child pornography laws. and that means they can be landed on the sex offender registry and can forever be known as sex offenders. lawmakers want to create a new section of the law that is not considered child pornography. >> what we're trying to do is create a new section of the law that says this is not child porn. but also that it's nothing that we should take too lightly. because we do not want naked images of young people floating around on the internet. >> reporter: under the proposal, first-time offenders would receive eight hours of community service and a $25 fine. the second offense would be a misdemeanor with possible jail time. new york, new jersey, and pennsylvania are all among the states that are proposing the
lighter sexting penalty. the next time you take your child to a fast food restaurant, may they not be getting -- a toy with their meal. santa clara is considering a new law that would ban handing out toys for meals for children. they are trying to fight obesity. crowds gathered as several vikings stood on top of a giant, 40-foot ship, docked right in the middle of times square. it was all to promote the new 3- d movie, how to train your dragon. america ferreira was also on deck. the movie opens in theaters this friday. an ironic interview with sandra bullock, eight years before she learned her husband was cheating. samantha harris has more from hollywood. coming up on entertainment tonight. sandra bullock's rare, "et" interview about infidelity. >> today, she faces marital
crisis. but sandra was already talking about infidelity 13 years ago. >> there are so many different ways to cheat. people think infidelity is the way to cheat. i think it's sometimes far worse to emotionally cheat on somebody. if you are deprived of that. i would rather someone went around with 100 women than deprive me of that. >> reporter: it was the summer. it would be eight years before she met jesse. and sandra admits cheating herself. >> have you ever cheated? yes. i did. in college. it was the stupiddist thing -- stupidest thing i did. give the person the right to walk. >> also tonight, katherine heigl's first words about leaving "grey's anatomy." plus, diet or die ultimatum to her staff. >> diet or die?
don't miss entertainment tonight here on wjz 13. a cat in off the australia -- australia shows off her kitty pass. the swimming persian cat isn't afraid to get her paws wet. she says she began swimming with the family dog. now they visit a local pool regularly to get their laps in. >> i bet she's never seen herself in a mirror when she gets out of the water. she might not do it again. there's nothing scrawnier looking than a wet cat. i can say that, as an owner of two cats who have had a bath from time to time. >> i an i a lot of wet things don't look good. bob turk has the first warning forecast coming up after this commercial break. ,,,
very dry. dew points only 26. and a breeze, too. northwest winds at 6, too. currently holding steady. 65 here. washington. 65 in hagerstown. and at 56, the cooler temps out if the mountains at oakland. west winds now at 12 to 23. tonight, they will eventually calm down. but mostly tonight, it will be under 5 miles an hour. next weather maker for us. snow in denver, fort collins. even western portions of nebraska. we saw that little low pressure yesterday in california and arizona. well, here it is. it's in west texas. the other one that was in the rockies is now moving to the southeast. this whole batch of moisture moving off to the east. ahead of it, we will still have this mild air in the region. eventually, the clouds will be picking up. tomorrow night, into early friday. by friday afternoon, it should be pretty much gone. it's going to be a pretty quick mover.
this next weather system. tomorrow, starts off okay. clouds move in. and then we'll start clearing out by friday afternoon. there is some cooler air we expect. late friday. in fact, friday night could be in the upper 20s. we'll call it chilly or cold friday night. chilly for the weekend. temperatures running a few degrees below normal. 50 to the low 50s. won't be back in the 60s and 70s, at least for a little while. definitely looking for rain, into probably friday afternoon. winds tomorrow south. 15 to 20 with gusts to 25. and a small craft advisory. through 6:00 tonight. and thursday afternoon of. -- afternoon. the bay temp, 32 degrees. tonight, nice, clear night. around 40 with light winds. then tomorrow, sunshine. and warm again in the mid-60s. then increasing clouds. probably some rain developing by tomorrow night. and that rain will continue into dry on friday morning. probably ending early afternoon on friday. so the weekend right now, not
bad. but a little cooler. >> good. thank you, bob. still to come on eyewitness news tonight. >> devastating budget cuts. i'm mike hellgren at city hall. almost an entire district's worth of police officers wiped out, along with several fire companies. why the mayor herself says these cuts are unacceptable. ,,,
i'm alex demetrick. coming up, the mess from last week's crash is gone. but the repair work and the investigation goes on. that story as eyewitness news continues. check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. >> eyewitness news at 5:00 starts now. >> reporter: this is wjz tv. wjz hd, and wjz.com. baltimore. devastating. and unacceptable. that's how the mayor describes her own budget cuts that eliminates firefighters and police officers. >> what can be done to save those jobs? >> i'm denise koch. and i'm vic carter. mary and kai have the night off. more than 600 will be laid off.